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Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support (Doc ID 2382427.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 12, 2020

Applies to:

Solaris x64/x86 Operating System
Solaris Operating System
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)

Details

With the  release of Oracle Solaris 11.4 on 24 September 2018 the support for a number of legacy SPARC & AMD systems systems[1] will be removed. This means such systems cannot be updated to Oracle Solaris 11.4. After January 2021 you will not get any more LSUs (Limited Support Updates) for Solaris 11.3 under Oracle Premier Support, so it is time to move to Solaris 11.4. Please see the blog here for further information.

In order to provide customers running Oracle Solaris 11 on these legacy systems an opportunity to transition, Oracle will continue to supply, on a quarterly basis, a minimal set of critical security and availability fixes for Solaris 11.3 for a limited period of time past the release of Solaris 11.4. The planned end date of supply of these fixes for Solaris 11.3 under Oracle Premier Support is January 2021. Beyond January 2021 customers can purchase Oracle Extended Support for an additional 3 years, up to January 2024.

Users of Oracle Solaris 11.3 in systems covered under Oracle Support may be required to update to Solaris 11.4 to obtain fixes that cannot be back ported to previous releases. For systems under Extended Support for Oracle Solaris 11.3, at Oracle’s discretion, Oracle will provide IDR updates to fix certain issues found by customers. Oracle may collect updates into additional LSUs if deemed necessary, without a commitment to a determined cadence.

Extended Support for Oracle Solaris 11.3 will not be available for SuperCluster systems, as QFSDP releases do not support Oracle Solaris 11.3 since the SuperCluster Q2 2019 QFSDP Patch. For more info see Doc ID 2056975.1.

Under Oracle Lifetime Support Policies, Oracle offers Sustaining Support for all versions of Oracle Solaris once they go past their Premier Support phase. For a limited time an Extended Support option can also be purchased in most cases. For more information please see https://www.oracle.com/support/lifetime-support/ .

This article applies specifically to the following systems:

The x86 based models may successfully update to Oracle Solaris 11.4, however, they may face odd failures due to drivers for those machines being retired.

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 [1]  Oracle Solaris 11.4 Platform Support

Actions

Users of the affected platforms will need to take two actions when Oracle Solaris 11.4 is released:

1. Configure a local Oracle Solaris repository to install the MOS delivered updates (so that client systems can be updated).

2. Be prepared to update the systems to the last released Support Repository Update (SRU) for Oracle Solaris 11.3 in order to be able to apply the MOS delivered updates to that last SRU for Oracle Solaris 11.3.

   Solaris 11.3 SRUs and LSRUs are available for download from Oracle Solaris 11.3 Limited Support Updates (LSU) Index (Doc ID 2433413.1)

3. Note that the following IPS pkg can be installed to keep system at v11.3:  release/constraint/solaris-11.3

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